Episode 4 – Jelena Subotic

Oct 7, 2019

Jelena Subotic of Georgia State University is an accomplished scholar of International Relations who focuses on the politics of memory and identity, transitional justice, international ethics, and ontological security studies. She spoke with Brent about a number of topics during their conversation. Jelena discusses growing up in Yugoslavia and how identity became an issue ‘overnight’ in the late 1980s, going to LSE for undergraduate studies while Yugoslavia was breaking up, being a DJ at a Belgrade radio station in the 1990s, the feeling of bombs during the NATO war on Serbia in 1999, moving to the US and graduate school at Syracuse and then Wisconsin-Madison, the tough transition to a tenure-track position at GSU, and the feeling of ‘I’m going to be alright’ after her first book was accepted with Cornell University Press. She also discusses how she approaches writing, how she was introduced to tennis, her adventures on twitter, and much more! 

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Brent J. Steele is the Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and the co-editor in chief of Global Studies Quarterly. He is the author of the recently published Vicarious Identity in International Relations (with Chris Browning and Pertti Joenniemi), and Restraint in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which co-won the ISA Theory section book award for 2020.